The Holiday Break-up

“Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot,
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not.”

(additional adaptation)
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight,
or that his head wasn’t screwed on just right.

But I’m fairly certain – had the Grinch lived today,
It could possibly have been the challenge of keeping…

The Toys ‘R Us emails at bay.

Your a Mean One. Mr Grinch!

I realize that this is going to make me sound a little Grinchy. (Especially after last week’s post.)
However I just can’t take all the packages, boxes and bags anymore.

Shopping – an American pastime that used to be near and dear to me – currently makes me cringe and practically break into hives simply at the thought of it. (I think my Black Friday expedition, might have completely done me in.)

And poor Toys ‘R Us was the recent, unfortunate recipient of my desperate backlash.

Parting Ways

The other day I made a impulsive, emotional decision…
I hit “unsubscribed” to Toys ‘R Us.

Toys 'R Us Unsubscribe

I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Emails every day.
Sometimes twice a day.

Who am I kidding, it was way more than that.
Sometimes I would receive 4 emails in less then 24 hours.

My Inbox

A screen shot of what my email inbox has looked like on any given day since Thanksgiving.

So this past week I did it, in the middle of the week I clicked unsubscribe.
Confirmation of my spur-of-the-moment decision came shortly there afterwards.

Unsubscribe Thank You Email from Toys 'R Us

It’s official, Toys ‘R Us and I have electronically parted ways. Yes, I have broken up our nearly decade-long relationship.

Relief? Definitely. (Ridiculous but true!)
Grinchy attitude? Maybe.

I love the holidays.
What I don’t love it seems…

Is the reminder to shop (for things we really don’t need)*.


“And what happened then…? Well…in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”

(additional adaptation)
And then the true meaning of Christmas came through,
without all the Toys ‘R Us emails to view.

Leave a Comment: Consumer emails – Love ’em or hate ’em? How do you keep your holiday spirit as the endless flow of ads and promotions are flung in your face?

* Don’t get me wrong, our tree is still trimmed with gifts underneath – but really, sometimes enough is enough…

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8 Responses to The Holiday Break-up

  1. Elenea says:

    I have unsubscribed from at least ten different emails this week from brands. It is just too much and not worth the coupon or discount when I eventually do want to buy something.

    • Kate F. says:

      It just seems to get overwhelming doesn’t it? Why does it seem like I get SO many more emails over the holiday season this year than in the past?

  2. Susi says:

    Yeah, I’m about ready to do the same. They have taken over my inbox too. It’s a bit ridiculous to say the least!

    • Kate F. says:

      It really becomes an inbox makeover Susi. Just DO IT 🙂

      P.S. When I hit unsubscribe it took a couple days for the emails to stop. But when they did – there was nothing but relief…

  3. Trina says:

    I had to unsubscribe to Bath and Body Works. It was to much for me.

    • Kate F. says:

      I don’t subscribe to them via my personal email – but I had subscribed to them with my yahoo account (which I rarely check). Every time I open that account it is completely overtaken with Bath and Body Works! Good for you 😉

  4. I HATE consumer emails. I usually delete them from my phone, though, so I don’t take the time to unsubscribe. Ugh.

    • Kate F. says:

      That’s what I had been doing FOREVER (delete. delete. delete-delete-delete!) I finally just got too sick of ’em. Can I tell you how much better my inbox looks now? Unsubscribe = Instant Inbox Makeover 🙂

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